Hull City of the English Premier League announced on March 15 that manager Steve Bruce has agreed to terms on a new contract with the club. The team released a tweet which said the 54-year-old former Manchester United defender and Sunderland manager will be at the helm for a fourth season in 2015/16. Bruce took over the reins at KC Stadium back in the summer of 2012 when the team was in the second-tier English Championship League.
Bruce helped guide the squad to promotion to the Premier League that season and the club has been there ever since. However, their safety isn’t guaranteed this year since Hull currently sits in 15th place in the 20-team league. They have 28 points after 29 games from six wins, 10 draws and 13 defeats with 26 goals scored and 37 allowed. Some fans question the timing of the move as Bruce’s side is just three points above 18th place Burnley and the final relegation spot.
Since taking over at Hull, Bruce has also taken the team to Wembley for the 2013/14 FA Cup Final where they were beaten 3-2 by Arsenal after jumping out to a 2-0 lead. That appearance did earn the club a berth in the Europa League though, which marked their first-ever qualification in a European cup competition. Bruce was understandably happy to be offered a new contract before the team’s fate for the season was sealed.
He told the English media after the signing was announced, “I’m delighted to have committed my future to the club. We have achieved a lot in the few years we have been here but this is just the beginning of the journey. Premier League survival is now crucial for us at this time, as is improving our training facility as we look to continue to grow and become a solid, well-run Premier League club.”
He then went on to thank the club owners along with his players and the fans for all of their support over the years. He added that he hopes it continues even if the team is relegated when the current campaign ends in May. With Hull winning just six league games out of 29 so far this season there’s a good chance Hull’s fate won’t be known until the final weekend of the season. bet365 lists Bruce’s Hull team at 11/4 to be relegated.